A group of right-wing extremists are plotting the “peaceful” takeover of an Arizona county as a laboratory to test their political ideas.
Richard Mack, the former sheriff and “posse comitatus” figure, announced earlier this month that he planned to run for sheriff in Navajo County, Arizona, where “Patriot” activists plan to ignore federal laws they don’t like – and he urged participants at last weekend’s “I Will Not Comply” gun rally to join him there.
“I want you to carefully, prayerfully consider moving there with me, and I’m serious,” Mack said Saturday in Olympia, Washington. “You want to live in a free county? You want to live by constitutional law? You want to not be worried about federal government coming in and ruining your lives and families and hauling you off at midnight? Come live with us there.”
Right Wing Watch reported that Mack explained to pro-gun and anti-government activists that establishing “constitutional counties” was the last “peaceful” option to defend freedom from tyranny.
“If we’re going to take back freedom, we have one opportunity to keep it peaceful, and that is the enforcement of state sovereignty by our sheriffs and by our state and county legislatures,” he said.
He said he was recruited to run for sheriff by the Constitutional County Project, which intends to populate local offices with right-wing activists who will “nullify” federal laws they believe are unconstitutional and repeal local laws that are “unrelated to protecting individual freedom.”
Mack described their plan as a “blueprint for freedom” that could be implemented in other counties.
The former Graham County, Arizona, sheriff and failed congressional candidate made news earlier this year when he proposed using women as human shields in the Bundy ranch standoff.
Mack, a board member of the Oath Keepers organization, is also known for promoting birther and other conspiracy theories on conservative and white nationalist radio programs.
Watch Mack’s speech during the “I Will Not Comply” rally posted online by RWW Blog: